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Has being a corporate leader in China ever been easy? What are the current challenges, and how have multinational businesses adapted to the demands of the world's fastest growing market?

Join us for a cocktail discussion with the authors of China CEO II on the challenges and rewards of corporate leadership in today's China.

CHINA CEO II: Voices of Experience From 25 International Business Leaders is based on interviews with top executives and experienced consultants based in China. The book is packed with first-hand, front-line advice from executives heading up the China operations of Bayer, Bosch, Coca-Cola, Scania, Volvo, Philips, Microsoft, IKEA, SAP plus China-based consultants at Korn/Ferry International, McKinsey & Company and many more.

Please note that this event is limited to senior-level executives and per invitation only. If you are not an existing member of The Economist Corporate Network, but would like to learn how you can attend our events, please contact us.


4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration & drinks
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Meeting & discussions


  • Mary Boyd (Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network)

    Mary Boyd

    Network Director, Shanghai of The Economist Corporate Network

    Mary Boyd is responsible for programme development and client servicing in Shanghai. She also provides research and conceptual support on China for Economist Corporate Network programmes. Before joining the Economist Group Mary Boyd was in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving on assignment in Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan and China (in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing). Since leaving government service she has researched and published on economic development and governance issues in China, and has undertaken consultancy work for the World Bank and other international institutions, as well as multinational companies. She has written for a number of Economist Intelligence Unit publications, including Country Report, China Hand and Business China. She co-authored the Economist Intelligence Unit report: Taking on the Competition: Domestic Companies in China. Ms Boyd has an MA (area studies) and an MSc (public policy and management) from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and has also completed language studies at Nanjing University. Her research interests include local governance and decentralisation policies and public-sector reform.

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  • Juan Antonio Fernandez (Professor of Management at CEIBS)

    Juan Antonio Fernandez

    Professor of Management at CEIBS

  • Laurie Underwood (Senior Associate Professor of Management at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, International Business School Suzhou)

    Laurie Underwood

    Senior Associate Professor of Management at Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, International Business School Suzhou

  • Dr. Jonathan Woetzel (Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company)

    Dr. Jonathan Woetzel

    Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company

  • Kamal Dhuper (President, NIIT China)

    Kamal Dhuper

    President, NIIT China

  • Frederico Freire (President, China at Budweiser Brewing Company APAC)

    Frederico Freire

    President, China at Budweiser Brewing Company APAC